Evangelist Luis Palau rallied one thousand New York churches together to make history in the big apple. In one the biggest evangelical moves in New York City in over a decade approximately 60,000 people gathered to hear the gospel and worship with Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, Marcos Witt, Israel Houghton and more.
As thousands stood on the great lawn of Central Park eager to exalt the name of Jesus over their city, act after act hit the stage. First up was Brooklyn's own Hezekiah Walker who led the people with his hit gospel song "Every Praise." Cameras were capturing the massive crowd as millions across the world watched online as both TBN and the Palau organization streamed the event.
Next up was Pastor and Latin star Marcos Witt whose compelling music transcended past language as people from every race danced and cheered. The Texas native was joined on stage by rapper T-Bone for their song "Alabemos."
Throughout the event, Palau and his team including his son Andrew, and former New York Yankee closer Mariano Rivera made sure the masses heard the gospel through their life changing testimonies. Palau requested that the thousands in attendance take one minute a day and pray for America.
American Idol alum Mandisa hit the stage next performing her hit songs, "Good Morning," "Stronger," and "Overcomer." Her triumphant set made way for Palau, Pastor A.R. Bernard and other Pastors throughout New York to honor and pray for New York City mayor, Bill De Blasio. The Argentian tenor group Amancer then sung "God bless America."
Israel Houghton and his team then took the stage and the crowd literally went wild as he and T-Bone performed "Te Amo, I Love You." Matt Redman then ministered in song and was joined by surprise guest Chris Tomlin. The two performed their songs "Our God" and "10,000 reasons" on stage together. Redman revealed that he came to first know Christ at a Palau event years ago in England.
Palau then spoke candidly about havingfaith in Jesus Christ, and encouraged the crowd that there is no sin too big or no void too deep for God. As he prayed with the crowd to receive Christ as Lord and Savior, hundreds raised their hands, admitting that they were committing their lives to Jesus for the first time or rededicating themselves to the faith. At last the moment Palau and his team were most eager for arrived, and although the music and teachings were great, seeing souls come to faith in Jesus was perhaps the true highlight of the event.
Although many believed that was the end of the good news in the city event, the Palau association saved the best performance for last. After a wild rock set from Argentinian band Rescate, Christian Pioneer TobyMac and the Diverse City band closed out the night with electrifying performances of "Eye on it," "Boomin," "Made to Love," and "Lose my Soul."
Central Park was the grand finale of countless CityFest events thrown throughout all of NYC in June and July by the Luis Palau organization. The events are set to continue next month in Madison Square Garden with Chris Tomlin for a night of worship in America.
For more information on NY CityFest with Luis Palau, visit www.NYCityFest.org.